The Arrow Factory
(How they're made)
Here are some of the arrows I make, including some of the tools I use. Shafts can be cedar, oak or hickory. After finding a suitable shaft, it is nocked at both ends and prepared for fletching and point mounting. Flights (feathers) are cut and sized in preperation for 'fletching'. Mostly I use turkey or duck feathers for this but I'm always on the lookout for 'road kill' as a source for feathers!! I do this the easy way, using a 'fletching jig' which maintains the proper placement and twist of the flights onto the shaft. After spot-gluing, the feathers are permanently attached by wrapping each end to the shaft with sinew. While most of the arrows I make are of the 'Wall Hanger' variety, I DO make fully functional and legal hunting arrows. Contact me if you're interested in legal hunting arrows. I can make them to your specifications and markings.
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This is a 6 arrow fletching jig. Can do one feather on each of six shafts at once.
Traditional fletching with pheasant feathers
Traditional fletching with nock detail
Traditional fletching with fancy pin feathers
This is a style used by many tribes to insure fletching stayed on the shaft. Also used when glue was not used to attach feathers. Feathers shown are Teal duck.
One of my hunting arrows with cedar shaft and plastic nock.
After fletching, slots are cut in shafts in preparation for attachment of points.
Points are attached to shafts with glue or pitch and secured with sinew
Point is finally mounted, glued and wrapped to shaft with sinew.
These arrows are legal in Oklahoma for big game hunting
These arrows are more decorative and suitable for decorations.
These arrows are typical of those used by plains and southern tribes. Shafts are made from river cane with hardwood foreshafts. Typically fletched with turkey feathers. Points varied from stone to bone, horn, antler and metal.
Close up view of obsidian point attachéd to oak foreshaft of cane arrow.
Turkey feather fletching attached with continuous wrapping of sinew.
These are cane shaft arrows, about 30" long. Length includes 5" hardwood foreshaft and hardwood nock. Arrows are fletched with 5" turkey feathers. Points are obsidian, buffalo horn, bone or antler tip.
This 2" point is made from cow bone and is usually mounted to a cane shaft.
This tool is used to paint ID stripes on arrow shafts. I used a motor from a hand-held mixer and a speed controller from an old hand drill!
Each Indian used a unique pattern to identify their arrows. The red and black is common with the Choctaw.
Close up of striping on a cane arrow.
Striping can be done on a blank shaft or a finished arrow.